The International Energy Agency has challenged governments to take ‘decisive action’ on climate policy to achieve deep decarbonisation by mid-century Renewables like wind and solar have fared better than fossil fuels during the Covid-19 pandemic The energy industry stands at a “hugely consequential” crossroads, as government leaders contemplate their policy response to the twin crises of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.In its flagship World Energy Outlook report for 2020, published today (13 October), the International Energy Agency (IEA) said “a surge of well-designed energy policies” is essential in order for sustainability goals to be met by mid-century.And it will be the role of governments to use their “unique capacities” to guide the low-carbon transition, by “providing the strategic vision, the spur to innovation, the incentives for consumers, the policy signals and the public finance that catalyses action by private actors”.The agency said the next ten years will be pivotal to defining whether or not long-term decarbonisation targets are achieved – a task made more difficult by the huge uncertainty that remains over how the global health crisis, and a recovery from it, will unfold. Stimulus funds are ‘historic opportunity’ for governments to accelerate energy transition and climate actionDeep disruption has thrown energy norms into disarray this year. Over the course of 2020, global energy demand will fall by 5%, energy-related CO2 emissions by 7% and energy investments by a huge 18%.Oil markets in particular have been upended, as lockdowns decimated global fuel demand, putting huge negative pressure on commodity prices and forcing countries and companies to scale back their production efforts.“Whether this upheaval ultimately helps or hinders efforts to accelerate clean-energy transitions and reach international energy and climate goals will depend on how governments respond to today’s challenges,” the IEA said.But the “massive sums of money” that policymakers are in the process of committing to economic stimulus measures offer an “historic opportunity to significantly accelerate transitions towards a cleaner and more resilient energy future”. Solar on track to set new recordsIn each of the four scenarios projected by the IEA, renewable energy grows in stature over the next decade, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV).“I see solar becoming the new king of the world’s electricity markets,” said IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol. “Based on today’s policy settings, it is on track to set new records for deployment every year after 2022.“If governments and investors step up their clean-energy efforts in line with our Sustainable Development Scenario, the growth of both solar and wind would be even more spectacular – and hugely encouraging for overcoming the world’s climate challenge.”Solar power is poised for strong growth over the next decadeHowever, the report warns that growth in renewable energy needs to be matched by investments into improving national electricity grids. Without enough investment, grids will prove to be “a weak link in the transformation of the power sector”, with implications for the “reliability and security of electricity supply”.Under the Stated Policies Scenario – which takes into account all the currently-announced policy intentions and targets – the share of coal in the global energy mix falls below 20% for the first time since the industrial revolution, with demand not returning to pre-coronavirus levels.Meanwhile, natural gas demand will grow “significantly”, driven by markets in Asia.Over the next decade, renewables are expected to meet 80% of all new electricity demand growth, with hydropower remaining the dominant source, but solar the main driver of growth. IEA sees peak oil demand before 2030Much has been discussed about whether or not the pandemic has accelerated the time of “peak oil” demand.Last month, UK oil major BP suggested global oil demand may never recover to its 2019 level of almost 100 million barrels per day. But the oil-producer group Opec last week offered a different vision, forecasting demand growth for the next two decades, before plateauing in the 2040s.Oil demand faces an uncertain future post-coronavirusThe IEA’s outlook takes a middle ground. “The era of global oil demand growth will come to an end in the next decade,” said Dr Birol. “But without a large shift in government policies, there is no sign of a rapid decline.“Based on today’s policy settings, a global economic rebound would soon push oil demand back to pre-crisis levels.” Governments have responsibility to take ‘decisive action’ on climate and energy policyGoing beyond currently-stated policy targets, the IEA said implementation of its Sustainable Development Scenario – where clean-energy policies and investments are accelerated in alignment with the Paris Agreement – can put the global energy system on a different path to addressing climate change.“As well as rapid growth of solar, wind and energy-efficiency technologies, the next 10 years would see a major scaling up of hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), and new momentum behind nuclear power,” the agency said.Dr Birol added: “Only faster structural changes to the way we produce and consume energy can break the emissions trend for good.“Governments have the capacity and the responsibility to take decisive actions to accelerate clean-energy transitions and put the world on a path to reaching our climate goals, including net-zero emissions.”For the first time, the IEA included a “net-zero emissions by 2050” scenario in its annual World Energy Outlook, warning the scale of the task to bring the world to carbon neutrality by mid-century is “extremely challenging”, and will demand “dramatic additional actions over the next 10 years”.For example, a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030 will require the decarbonisation of 75% of the world’s electricity generation – compared to less than 40% in 2019. And more than half of all passenger vehicles sold by the end of the decade will need to be electric, up from just 2.5% in 2019.
Paris St Germain’s record goalscorer Edinson Cavani and captain Thiago Silva will leave the club after the conclusion of the Champions League campaign, the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director has said.Both players’ contracts are due to expire in June and Leonardo told Le Journal du Dimanche that they would not be handed extensions.Cavani, who joined PSG from Napoli in 2013, is the club’s all-time top scorer with 200 goals in all competitions and has made over 300 appearances. After more than three months off during the COVID-19 crisis, the team will resume training on June 22, with Neymar expected to be on the ground after returning from Brazil on Saturday.Leonardo said he expected the Brazil forward to be at the club next season.”Nothing tells us otherwise,” said Leonardo when asked if Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe would still be there next season.”They still have two years on their contracts and we’re more thinking about the future with them. We want to go forward.”PSG were crowned champions on April 30 when the league brought the season to an end as part of the country’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus.Topics : “It was a difficult decision to make, they are players who made their mark on the club’s history,” Leonardo said.”We had to make a decision based on logic.”Both players will be involved in the Champions League campaign, which is expected to be concluded in August.PSG qualified for the quarter-finals after eliminating Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
6 August 2007South Africa’s industrial policy has identified four key economic sectors whose growth potential will be used to promote the government’s objectives of shared economic growth and job creation.Addressing the launch of the national industrial policy framework, Trade and Industry Minster Mandisi Mphahlwa said the policy assessed the country’s economic performance in various sectors.The South African government has identified several sectors to achieve its Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (Asgi-SA), which aims for 6% economic growth by 2010 and to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Four key sectorsAs per the framework, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will give special attention to the capital, transport equipment and metals fabrication sector; the automotives and components sector, the chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals sector, and the forestry, pulp and paper and furniture sectors.According to DTI chief director of trade policy, Nimrod Zalk, the capital, transport, equipment and metals sector has the potential to position itself as the major future exporter to the African continent and beyond.The country’s capital goods, metal fabrication and transport equipment sectors contributed to 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 18% of manufacturing jobs, which stood at 216 263 in 2005.However, Zalk said the that sector faced challenges that including low expenditure on public infrastructure, uncompetitive pricing of raw materials, lower than optimal mining investment, skills development as well as ageing foundry and tooling industries.The framework also calls for the country to take advantage of the government’s R410-billion capital expenditure programme, by increasing local manufacturing capacity, reducing required imports for the programme from 40% to 30%.Manufacturers are also called on to capitalise from the current global boom mining and mineral processing.Zalk told BuaNews that the automotive and components sector contributed 8% to South Africa’s GDP, with vehicle production growing from 388 442 units in 1995 to 615 000 in 2006. During the same period, new vehicle imports grew from 15 764 to 179 869.Ensuring transformationEmployment in the sector also rose from 277 400 in 1995 to 306 500 in 2006, and Zalk said there was an opportunity for South Africa to double its vehicle production to 1.2-million units by 2020.He added that the sector faces challenges such as the establishment of a long-term investment environment, insufficient local component manufacturing capability and slow transformation.“By September 2007, we will implement a three-year supplier development programme aimed at raising local content by improving manufacturing processes along the value chain,” he said.“We will also formulate an empowerment plan by March 2008 to fast-track transformation in the sector.”Zalk said that the chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals industry comprised a well-developed capital-intensive upstream industry and a more labour-intensive downstream plastics industry“Collectively, all the three contributed 2.8% to GDP in 2006. Basic and other chemicals employed 64 285 people and plastics 39 893,” he said, adding that the pharmaceutical industry employed 10 000 people with local production worth R9.5-billion.Zalk said the forestry sector contributed R14-billion to GDP in 2006 and employs more than 170 000 people, with “the potential to bring jobs and income to poor rural communities”.He said the forestation of 100 000 hectares in the Eastern Cape over the next 10 years had the potential to contribute R215-million to GDP, creating 26 000 jobs at the plantation level and 1 700 at primary processing level.Again, a similar initiative, covering at least 40 000 hectares in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to contribute R500-million to GDP over the next decade, creating 15 000 jobs in plantations and 429 jobs in primary processing level.Source: BuaNews
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And although his last fight was for the belt, Pacio said he’s not in a hurry to get back into the title picture as he awaits the right opportunity to fight for the strap once more.“I am willing to wait for the right time, timing is everything and every moment has its purpose,” said Pacio. “I don’t race to be in line for the belt, but I’m racing perfection in this sport.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino strawweight contender Joshua Pacio said he’s eager to leave his frustrations behind after losing in his first championship fight in ONE Championship to title-holder Yoshitaka Naito back in October of 2016.Pacio, who had control of Naito in terms of strikes, downplayed the loss and instead treated it as a learning experience to improve.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments “It’s not a defeat, I viewed it as an important lesson,” said Pacio (9-1-0) in a statement. “It also served as an inspiration to push myself to the limit.”It was an eye-opening experience. And here I am as a more matured competitor inside the cage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacio, who is 12 years the junior of Naito, lost after the Japanese champion locked him in a rear-naked choke with 1:33 elapsed in the third round of the fight.The Team Lakay fighter has a chance to avenge his loss come August 5 when he faes Naito’s compatriot Hayato Suzuki in ONE Championship Kings & Conquerors in Macau. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
TAKE US HOMEHambantota, where Pakistan played Kenya on February 23, is a gruelling six hours drive from Colombo on treacherous roads with haphazard traffic. While the commentators had to take the road, the Sri Lankan and Pakistani teams were flown in by special helicopters. No one knew about Kenya. They may have been looking for a ride back to Nairobi after losing to Pakistan by 205 runs.Walk on the wild sideWasim Akram, instead of getting bored in the hotel room in Hambantota, went for a run along the countryside but had to cut short his exercise because of an wild encounter. He went off the beaten track and was confronted by an inquisitive crocodile. Since Akram wasn’t keen on making friends with this long-jawed reptile, he broke his own career-best one-mile record with a hasty sprint back to the hotel.Cycle rickshaw-pullers in Dhaka were unhappy that only a handful were lucky enough to ferry the 14 captains around the Bangabandhu National Stadium during the World Cup opening ceremony. They threatened to clog the entrance by dumping their vehicles. The riot police cleared the mess with a mild cane charge.Were Zimbabwe’s first two matches deliberately held in Ahmedabad? The connection, joked some in Dhaka, was apparent. Gujarat’s diamond merchants are keen to take over the Marange mines and get diamonds for the big, fat Indian wedding market.That’s why local fans cheered for the boys from Harare.At the opening ceremony in Dhaka, Christy Simpson, the ESPN reporter,was interviewing cricketers before the fireworks display when suddenly,someone jumped at him throwing him to the ground.Simpson was angry, until five seconds later, when a rocket went off from the spot where he had been standing.advertisement
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kepa confident Chelsea have bright future with Abraham, Mount & Coby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKepa Arrizabalaga says Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them due to the emergence of their academy players.Academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fiyako Tomori all scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves. Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Valencia on Saturday, Kepa insists the club will benefit greatly from their commitment to youth this season.”We don’t have much experience but that will grow as we play more games,” said Kepa.”The players who have come up from the Academy this season have done very well. It’s great for the fans to see young players coming up like that.”It shows what an exciting future we have ahead of us. We can’t neglect the present as well, and we have a very impressive team for the present. It’s a strong side.”On playing in Europe’s biggest knockout competition for the first time, the Spaniard added:”Regardless of the fact we’re a young team and it’s only September and there is a long way to go, we are going to play with energy and try and attack the opposition.”Many of the players in the team will be playing their first Champions League game but we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We spent the whole of last year trying to qualify for the Champions League so we feel very enthusiastic.”We can’t wait to see the atmosphere at the Bridge and play in front of our fans in the most important European club competition.”
WASHINGTON – On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court’s high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.The court’s fault lines were laid bare in a riveting argument that focused equally on baker Jack Phillips’ right to refuse to put his artistic talents to use in support of something in which he disagrees and the Colorado couple’s right to be treated like any other two people who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage.Both views were reflected in the questions and comments of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court’s major gay-rights decisions and a fierce defender of free speech. The outcome of the case seemed to rest with the 81-year-old justice, who often finds himself with the decisive vote in cases that otherwise divide the court’s conservatives and liberals.Phillips and the couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, were in the courtroom for arguments in the closely watched case that could affect other situations where there’s a clash between social conservatives’ claim of religious freedom and the LGBT community’s fight to preserve hard-won rights.President Donald Trump’s administration is supporting Phillips in his argument that he can’t be forced to create a cake that violates his religious beliefs. It appears to be the first time the federal government has asked the justices to carve out an exception from an anti-discrimination law.On the one hand, Kennedy pointed to photographers, florists, graphic designers and even jewelers who might likewise be able to refuse working on a same-sex wedding if the court rules for Phillips.“It means that there’s basically an ability to boycott gay marriages,” said the author of the 2015 opinion extending same-sex marriage nationwide.If you win, Kennedy asked Solicitor General Noel Francisco, could the baker put a sign in his window: “We do not bake cakes for gay weddings?”When Francisco said that would be permissible, Kennedy said, “And you would not think that an affront to the gay community?”Francisco replied that there “are dignity interests on the other side here, too.”On the other hand, Kennedy criticized the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that found Phillips violated the state’s anti-discrimination law.“It seems to me that the state in its position here has been neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs,” Kennedy said. Craig and Mullins, he noted, could have been served by “other good bakery shops that were available” in the Denver suburbs.Protesters on both sides filled the sidewalk in front of the court shortly before the start of the argument.“We got Jack’s back,” Phillips’ supporters said. Backers of Craig and Mullins countered: “Love wins.”Inside the packed courtroom, the liberal justices peppered Kristen Waggoner, Phillips’ lawyer, and Francisco with questions about how to draw a line to accommodate Phillips without eviscerating laws that require businesses that are open to the public to serve all customers.Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan ticked off other categories of people who are involved in weddings to ask if they, too, might be able to refuse a same-sex couple.A hair stylist? A makeup artist?No, Waggoner said, “because it is not speech.”Kagan replied: “Some people might say that about cakes, you know?”More generally, Justice Stephen Breyer said, “What is the line? That’s what everybody is trying to get to.”When Colorado Solicitor General Frederick Yarger and the American Civil Liberties Union’s David Cole stood up to defend the commission’s ruling against Phillips, the conservative justices pounced.Because same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Colorado in 2012, Justice Samuel Alito noted, Craig and Mullins could not have obtained a marriage license where they lived or gotten a local official to marry them. Yet Phillips supposedly “committed a grave wrong” when he refused to make them a cake, Alito said. That struck him as unfair, he said.Chief Justice John Roberts pressed both Cole and Yarger on whether a Roman Catholic legal services agency that provides free aid would have to take up a case involving a same-sex couple despite the religious opposition to gay marriage.Yes, Cole said, “if they’ve provided the same services to couples who are straight.”Colorado native Neil Gorsuch, taking part in the most important gay rights case since he joined the Supreme Court in April, asked Cole whether a baker who made a cake shaped like a red cross to celebrate relief efforts would have to make the same cake for the Ku Klux Klan.Cole said no because Colorado’s anti-discrimination law refers to race, sex and sexual orientation, among other categories, but does not protect KKK members.One other possible result that emerged from the argument is that the justices could return the case to the Colorado commission for reconsideration if the court finds its first decision was tainted by the religious bias of a commissioner. Kennedy described comments made by one of the seven Colorado commissioners in the case as hostile to religion.Colorado is among only 21 states with statewide laws barring discrimination against gays in public accommodations.The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 16-111, will be decided by late June.
WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) has formed a strategic collaboration to develop technology for the next generation of connected vehicles with a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., a major semiconductor company.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says it has agreed to help optimize select Qualcomm hardware platforms to work with BlackBerry’s QNX software, which is used to manage features of wirelessly connected cars such as infotainment systems.They have also agreed to optimize other BlackBerry software for use with select Qualcomm Snapdragon modems.Qualcomm and BlackBerry, which have a long-standing technology collaboration, didn’t release financial details of their new collaboration.Earlier this year, San Diego-based Qualcomm agreed to pay a US$940 million rebate to BlackBerry to settle a dispute over royalty payments.The automotive industry has been one of BlackBerry’s main opportunities for growth since it largely withdrew from the smartphone business and turned increasingly to secure wireless software and services.
London: A common class of antibiotics — used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections — may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50 per cent. Scientists from the University of Dundee in the UK looked at a database of 1.3 million adults issued one or more prescriptions of fluoroquinolone or amoxicillin-clavulanate antibiotics with no diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy at the outset of treatment. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPeripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics — that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory and urinary tract infections. The study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, found that current use of systemic fluoroquinolone antibiotics appeared to increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy by 47 per cent, causing an additional 2.4 cases per 10,000 patients per year of treatment. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA person prescribed with amoxicillin-clavulanate were not significantly more likely to experience peripheral neuropathy. The risk was higher for men and rose with age and with the length of fluoroquinolone treatment. A peripheral neuropathy diagnosis remained more likely to be diagnosed for up to six months after the fluoroquinolone prescription. Older men, the group most likely to experience the condition after taking a 28-day course of fluoroquinolones, were said to have a one in 34,000 chance of doing so.